Censor.NET Chief Editor Yurii Butusov wrote on Facebook.
"Dec. 1, 2016, MP Oleksandr Onyshchenko claimed that he had taped President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko allegedly giving him the money and instructing him to bribe a group of lawmakers so that they supported several key bills in the parliament. Onyshchenko dwelled on many details about bribery and political corruption. These statements are of national importance and must be carefully checked as Onyshchenko did meet with the president on regular basis.
"But no recordings of conversations with Poroshenko were published even 12 days after, although Onyshchenko claimed that he had been taping them for about a year. Only conversations with MP Oles Dovhyi - one of Poroshenko's trustees - that unveil no facts voiced by Onyshchenko has been made public so far. Where are the recordings of conversations with the president after all?
"A source told Censor.NET that the National Anti-Corruption Bureau and the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office proposed Onyshchenko's lawyers to arrange the questioning of the MP in an EU member state. Poland was proposed among others as it is easy to get permission for investigation there. Onyshchenko has not come up with a response so far. Taking into account statements by Onyshchenko's lawyers that Interpol is allegedly reluctant to issue a warrant for his arrest, nothing prevents him from giving testimony to Ukrainian investigators in the territory of the European Union.
"Neither NABU nor SAP can initiate investigation without legal grounds, without questioning witnesses of the crimes, and without actual evidence - the recordings. Onyshchenko is well aware of this but still avoids contacting the investigation," the journalist writes.
"It seems that Onyshchenko is just bargaining with them in anticipation of plea deals offered by the agencies independently. He also stirs up interest to himself with public statements spread by the media, including the Russian ones. Onyshchenko's statements for the Russian media that the IMF loans are allegedly used to fund war in the Donbas are eloquent evidence that Onyshchenko has become a part of the Russian information campaign against Ukraine. Onyshchenko has obviously made plan B against possible problems in the EU by obtaining asylum in Russia in exchange for the information services he provides to the Russian authorities.
"However, the investigation of the case against companies controlled by Oleksandr Onyshchenko initiated into the large-scale embezzlement of assets owned by Ukrhazvydobuvannia SE is underway. And it will be impossible to call this criminal case a political row when embezzlement is proved. Onyshchenko does not seem to understand that no one is going to back-pedal the investigation. According to Censor.NET, NABU and SAP suspect Onyshchenko's actions to have inflicted damage to the state in the amount of 2.9 billion hryvnia," Butusov wrote.
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